Ontario may have its Cottage Country and Great Lakes, but BC has cabin country and great lakes! Cluculz Lake, about 45 minutes west of Prince George, near the small town of Vanderhoof, is definitely one of those great cabin country lakes.
Recently, my husband and I were invited to spend a night at a friend’s cabin on Cluculz Lake and we immediately jumped at the chance, excited to bring our boat and soak up some sun. We packed a cooler full of steak, watermelon and beer (weekend essentials, obviously), grabbed the sunscreen and headed out.
Since the cabin sat at the far end of one of the lake’s two long arms, we put the boat in at a launch nearer to the highway and told my friend we’d be arriving on water. For a Saturday afternoon on a hot day in summer, the lake was surprisingly calm and quiet, lacking a lot of the traffic we had expected, so we took our time motoring along the shore, checking out the “cabins,” many of which were in actuality beautiful and luxurious houses. Property owners on Cluculz Lake include both full-time residents and weekenders.
After spotting my friend on her dock, securing the boat and spending some time enjoying the aforementioned refreshments, we loaded the BBQ with meat, started a campfire and settled in to listen to the calls of the loons from the lake below. The nearly full moon rose in the pink sky shortly after the sun set, and the stillness and seclusion of the evening melted away any of our remaining stress from the past week.
The next morning we awoke to birds chirping and our dog eager to get outside in what promised to be another blazer of a day. After hot coffee on the deck and a big egg and sausage breakfast, we said goodbye to my friend and hopped back in the boat for another quick tour, this time along the other arm of the lake.
We took about an hour getting from one end of the lake to the other, waving at other people in boats, looking at the half hidden cabins on the islands and avoiding big families of ducklings and kayakers alike. For such an excellent lake so near town, I was surprised at how much shoreline was undeveloped. We anchored the boat near one such stretch of shore, ate our lunch and spent some time swimming and coaxing the dog to jump in the lake after sticks we tossed out.
Finally it was time to find the launch where we parked and head home. Whether you have a cabin or not — or just as good, have a friend with a cabin — Cluculz Lake is a great place to spend a weekend or even a day on the water. Just be prepared to have the time slip away, along with your tensions.